Canadians are going to the polls today after a fast and furious campaign, but a record number of Manitobans have already cast their ballot.
Elections Canada says that the number of Manitobans who took advantage of advanced polls is up 57 per cent compared to the 2019 election.
For those who still need to vote, today's polling stations will look somewhat different. For the most part schools will not be utilized as polling stations due to the pandemic. Instead, shopping malls, community centres, and even the IKEA store will be used in Winnipeg.
Polls will be open in Manitoba from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The large number of mail-in ballots being used in the country has some pundits saying Canadians could go to bed Monday evening still not knowing who the next Prime Minister is. Those special ballots will be counted on Tuesday.
Voters need to bring a piece of identification, such as a driver's license or other government-issued photo ID with them to a polling station. Voters can also show two pieces of ID such as a voter information card and bank statement if they do not have photo ID, or can declare their identity and address in writing and have someone at the polling station vouch for them. More information on the identification needed is here.
To find where your polling station is, you can go here.
Local pandemic restrictions will be in place at polling stations. In Manitoba, that means masks must be worn and physical distancing will be used. Voters do not need to show proof of vaccination to enter a polling station.